Mel Kiper Jr 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Star Prospects Draft Guru Is Undervaluing

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Defensive lineman Devon Still of Penn State takes part in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr and his glorious hair back on the scene for 2012, it’s time to break down his latest mock draft and find out where he went wrong.

Kiper is like Punxsutawney Phil in the sense that he shows up once a year, predicts the future and then disappears into seclusion until the same time next spring. Hopefully Kiper doesn’t see his shadow and give us six more weeks of offseason.

Besides Kiper’s quirky behavior, he is indeed a genius at a far from perfect science. While we crush him, let’s also give credit for getting many of these selections right. With that said, these are the picks he got wrong.


No. 25: Denver Broncos, Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

There is no question that Michael Brockers is a great defensive tackle, but serious questions about how much he can develop have some teams scared. With that said, there is no way Brockers falls to No. 25.

If teams in the top-ten are giving the LSU defensive tackle a long look, the teams picking after will take just as long of a look. With so much upside, there is no way he makes it to No. 20 overall, let alone No. 25 where the Broncos pick.

While I have Brockers getting snagged in the top-ten this season by a team like Jacksonville or Carolina, I can’t see him falling past the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 15 at the very latest.


No. 17: Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland), David DeCastro, G, Stanford

As much as I know the NFL devalues the importance of guards and how highly they should be selected, Stanford star David DeCastro is not a normal offensive guard.

With plenty of teams in the top 15 looking to add a guard in the middle of their line, the fact that DeCastro can play either side of the line or center if needed makes him too valuable to pass on.

Tackles and their longer arms get more love, but a team with a strong left tackle must take the chance on DeCastro much earlier than No. 17. I see DeCastro going to Kansas City at No. 12.


No. 44: Kansas City, Devon Still, DT, Penn State

At one point in this draft process, every NFL expert was suggesting that Penn State Devon Still was the best defensive tackle in this year’s class. Just a few months later and he has fallen to the middle of the second round.

Still hasn’t changed his style or attitude, but teams have soured on his glass ceiling and just how high it truly is. I had Still as the most NFL-ready defensive tackles of 2012, but apparently Kiper disagrees.

If it’s true that Still will fall all the way into the second round, whoever ends up taking the young star will get a potential Pro Bowl player. Scouts are really missing the boat with this pick.


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